NASA's Constitutional Background Checks

Law360, New York (January 24, 2011, 11:51 AM EST) -- On Jan. 19, with Justice Samuel Alito writing an opinion supported by eight justices, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the federal government's inquiries on two forms used to conduct background investigations on federal contractors do not violate a constitutional right to informational privacy.

According to the court, the inquiries were reasonable in light of the government's interest in identifying capable employees to faithfully conduct its business and the collected information was protected by the Privacy Act’s nondisclosure requirements. National Aeronautics and Space Administration v. Nelson,...
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